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A WORD IN THE HAND: VOICE

Not much call for the voice – but will screens stand the text of time?

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Deputy features editor: Sunday Times

Some people are annoyed when other people send voice notes via WhatsApp instead of typing a message or phoning to have an actual conversation.

I don’t mind it. It’s a succinct way of getting your message across without having your flow interrupted. It’s also more personal than a text. But the biggest advantage of leaving a spoken message instead of a typed one is no one can tell if you’ve made any spelling mistakes.

The first story I ever had published contained a spelling mistake. Instead of “voice”, I wrote “voyse”. Before you close this page in disgust, let me add that I was five years old at the time and contributions to the school magazine were scanned – or roneoed, or whatever they did before there were scanners – and printed in their original handwritten form. ..

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